Growing business travel to increase VoIP importance

Growing business travel to increase VoIP importance

As the business world becomes smaller and workers travel all over the globe to do deals and monitor progress, flexible working is becoming increasingly important.

A study conducted by Frequent Business Traveler magazine has indicated that business trips are set to rise in 2013, with almost half of respondents expecting to be on the road more often than they were just two years ago.

Jonathan Spira, editorial director at the magazine, said: "As business travel increases, business travellers are becoming more demanding about what they want. Because these people are on the road so often, they won't compromise in what they get and airlines and hotels need to find more and better ways to cater to them."

With the frequency of business trips abroad set to rise it could have a knock on effect on the implementation of voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, with companies looking to adopt the technology in order to keep in touch with jetsetting employees.

VoIP allows users to make cheaper calls from anywhere in the world, as long as they have an internet connection. This allows for improved collaboration and teamwork as employees can constantly be in contact with each other when working on detailed projects.

The cost of the calls is just a fraction of those that are available through traditional telephone lines and services can also be tailored to suit the needs of particular users.

The importance of Wi-Fi was also highlighted in the survey, with the technology impacting where professionals choose to stay on their business trips and even who they fly with.

A quarter of respondents said their choice of airline is now affected by the availability of on-board internet, while 73 per cent look for free Wi-Fi when selecting a hotel.

With so many people demanding a wireless network while travelling these days, companies have started offering the service, which means making VoIP calls from anywhere in the world should become even easier.